Fair and Worm-er

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Fair and Worm-er
Merrie Melodies series
Directed byCharles M. Jones
Produced byEdward Selzer (uncredited)
Story byMichael Maltese
Tedd Pierce
Voices byMel Blanc
Sara Berner (uncredited)
Robert C. Bruce (uncredited)
Music byCarl Stalling
Animation byBen Washam
Ken Harris
Basil Davidovich
Lloyd Vaughan
Layouts byRichard Morley
Backgrounds byPeter Brown
StudioWarner Bros. Cartoons
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s)September 28, 1946 (U.S.)
Color processTechnicolor
Running time7 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Fair and Worm-er is a 1946 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Chuck Jones.

Title[edit]

The title is a pun on Fair and Warmer.

Plot[edit]

A small worm is attempting to dine on a large delicious apple when he is attacked by a hungry black crow. The crow pursues the worm until he is suddenly attacked by a hungry cat. The cat chases the crow, only to be attacked by a vicious dog. The dog harasses the cat until he is suddenly set upon by the local dog catcher. The cartoon follows a rigorous chase between all the protagonists, with each generation of characters helping some while hindering others. (For example, the crow reasons: Dogs chase cats... Cats chase birds... I'm a bird... Therefore, I gotta help the dog...) Intermixed in the action are also the dog catcher's wife (armed with a rolling pin) who professes that she is afraid of neither man nor beast, and a tiny mouse (who informs her that HE is a beast - sending her in to a screaming fit). Also, there is a brief cameo by a skunk who may or may not be Pepé Le Pew.[1]

At the conclusion of the cartoon, an unseen narrator asks the worm if he must go through this routine every day just to get something to eat. It is then that we are informed that the worm does not wish to eat the apple, but rather move into it, as it is the last furnished apartment in town.

Notes[edit]

  • The cartoon is considered one of Warner Bros.' greatest chase sequence shorts, done largely in silent slapstick. Only a few of the characters actually speak, though some have "title cards" appearing above their heads to represent their thought patterns. This cartoon is considered one of the possible inspirations for the Road Runner vs. Coyote series of shorts produced in the 1950s and beyond[citation needed].
  • The mouse in this cartoon closely resembles Chuck Jones' creation Hubie and Bertie.
  • The cartoon's concept is somewhat similar to that of "The Early Bird Dood It" (1942) by director Tex Avery at rival studio MGM.
  • The dogcatcher's line when he sees his wife chased by a mouse "Everybody wants to get into the act" is a catchphrase of Jimmy Durante.
  • Both American and European Turner "dubbed" prints, unlike the Associated Artists Productions version seen on The Golden Age of Looney Tunes LaserDisc and TV airings, contain several obvious split cuts, particularly in the scene when the dogcatcher's wife tells the audience that she is not afraid of man or beast. This is probably due to the deteriorating 16mm film elements used to make the "dubbed" print, as Turner Entertainment had no access to the cartoon's original negatives stored at the Warner Bros. vaults at the time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ That's All Folks! The Art of Warner Bros. Animation by Steve Schneider, Copyright 1988, Henry Holt & Company New York ISBN 0-8050-0889-6

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